This is Elijah Mendoza’s Facebook message earlier this week:
We’re happy to share with you the awesome news that Starmobile will be the first local brand to launch an Octaphone in the Philippines this January 2014!
Image is attached and will be a 6” phablet with the same Starmobile build quality, optics, and imaging features. Being a phablet, this will be under the Diamond series and will be called the Diamond X1.
Essentially, the Octaphone is an Android phablet with an 8-core processor. They are the first local brand to be launching such as device under the premium Diamond Line.
Phone in question: What’s the fuss with the faster processor? At some point, doesn’t speed give you diminishing returns when it comes to mobile phones? How fast do you really need it to be?
Answer: When Apple announced their 64-bit chip architecture, it caused a stir in the mobile phone industry. They were the first to adopt this kind of tech into a mobile phone and Android had nothing to offer in return. The 8-core architecture may be the answer to this. As for practical uses, it is really up to the industry — software developers and consumers to predict the actual use for such things. Nobody knew we would be using GPS on our phones. But look at us today!
Smart announced its latest offering: iPad Air with LTE starting at PHP 1,499 per month (w/ initial cash out of PHP 5,000.00). Oh noes, too many choices! Do you get the iPad mini or the iPad Air? Both of these come with crisp Retina display with the only noticeable difference being the size — the iPad mini has 7.9 of screen real estate while the iPad Air has 9.7 inches.
The slim and sleek design of the iPhone 5 had you believing in love at first sight. With a larger screen to accommodate the multitude of apps you can’t live without and the thinner case that is a perfect fit for your hand, you can’t believe you ever owned any other phone. You don’t think there is anything that could make the iPhone 5 any more perfect. But then, just when you think it couldn’t get any better, you see something you just can’t believe.
There are many kinds of business phone systems that are being used today. There are those that allow employers to have full control over the company’s phone system, effectively preventing employees from making any inappropriate calls while at work. Then there’s one that allows different companies, who otherwise co-exist within the same building, to communicate with each other as needed. However, one more commonly used in this day and age is the home PBX phone system, with PBX being defined as “Private Branch Exchange”. Unlike most other phone systems, the home PBX phone system is more appropriate for private companies or individuals seeking to communicate with one another.
Boom. It’s only been two years since they opened shop in the Philippines but Starmobile is fast approaching 1 million users. Last week, the Philippine-owned smartphone company launched their Christmas lineup of 12 more Android devices: 3 smartphones, 5 Diamond series phablets and 4 tablets to complete their 2013 ‘Engage’ line.